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April 11, 2005

The murder of Terri Schiavo reminds some to “Never Forget”

From the Associated Press via the Las Vegas Sun:

Johann Gross survived three years of Nazi laboratory experiments under an extermination program that called for snuffing out "worthless lives."

That trauma shapes the Austrian's view of Terri Schiavo's death.

"No people in the world have the right to kill another. It's murder," said Gross, 75, while visiting an exhibit on wartime experiments at a Vienna psychiatric hospital. "It's the same as the Nazis did."

Gross' reaction may seem extreme, but there are many in Austria and Germany whose attitudes toward euthanasia are clouded by Hitler's horrors. Until recently, even talking about it was difficult because it forced people to look into their dark history.

But since Schiavo's death March 31, after courts ordered her feeding tube removed, the ethics of euthanasia have become a hot topic in Austria and Germany. Videotape showing Schiavo in her hospital bed, in what was described as a vegetative state, led TV newscasts for days.

It seems the images of Terri Schiavo are causing a sort of post-stress trauma among holocaust survivors, who see her murder as a re-introduction of the same, callous eugenics that marked the Nazi's insanity. The American, Main-Stream Media is still in denial about Terri's murder. I'm really surprised the Ass. Press allowed this story out.

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 11, 2005 09:06 AM

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Thank you for posting this! The world needs to see this. A week before Terri was murdered I started my own blog and the first article I was moved to write was about the Nazi death camps and how Hitler began with the disabled. I hope it will help wake people up, especially Americans how have had it so good for so long that they almost can't imagine such an atrocity could possibly happen here. Hitler would have loved that kind of thinking! Keep up the great posts!

Posted by: Angela at April 11, 2005 01:59 PM

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